Alley cats celebrates a year in business on the hill where they attended SU:
With Syracuse University back in session alumns Adam Gold (communications) and Kyle Corea (Film and Art) are pumped up for year two in biz. The SU grads officially fired up Funk 'n Waffles on Jan. 16, 2007. It is located down the alley in Campus Plaza, behind Marshall St. under Chuck's Cafe.
"Take S. Crouse Ave, make a right after Bruegger's. You can also get to us by walking through Marshall Square Mall, from University Ave.," according the its Web site funknwaffles.com/.
There is a lot of kismet as Funk 'n Waffles is actually located in a section of the former Hungry "Chuck" Charlies, where the performers entered and hung out. Many a funk band performed in this space including The Greatest Little Funk Band on Earth whose front man Maceo Parker was James Brown's orchestra leader for years.
The eatery is everything the name implies. When the funky music isn't spinning out the speakers, live entertainment takes to a corner stage, three to seven nights a week. Besides funk, folk and reggae are favorites Corea said.
House-made inspired waffles are served in many ways all day. People come in for their morning cup of brew, to lunch, to sup and to even gather for late night food fixes. And interestingly enough Funk n' Waffles has made a go of it without a liquor license.
Firing up the waffle iron
Actually, the genesis started in the wee hours of the morning with a random waffle iron. The guys were just bored and hungry and living in the space above them on Ackerman this guy had an old waffle iron. Corea, who is really the food guy, flavored his first batch of batter with cinnamon raisin bagel chips and cream cheese.